The spatial hierarchy of technological change and economic development in Europe

B. Verspagen*

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This paper discusses the possibility of a spatial hierarchy of innovation and growth dynamics in europe. A spatial hierarchy is understood as a geographical clustering of regions, where important differences exist in terms of innovation and growth dynamics between the clusters. The literature on regional growth and innovation is briefly scanned. After this, a database on european regional growth and innovation dynamics is presented. Spatial correlation analysis and spatial principal components analysis are used to explore the possibility of a spatial hierarchy in europe. The results point to a hierarchy consisting of four groups: south europe, east europe, and two groups in west and north europe. Growth and innovation performance in these clusters are discussed, and some policy conclusions are drawn.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-131
JournalAnnals of Regional Science
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

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